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The Octavia

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - 11:00am to 6:30pm
Anne Washburn Headshot
Anne Washburn | Photo by Beowulf Sheehan

The University of Washington School of Drama invites the public to spend a day sitting in on the creation of Anne Washburn's "epic in process," The Octavia, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll.

Sunday, January 8th | 11 AM - 6 PMish
Penthouse Theatre at UW

The Octavia is a long-form play about the relationship between the Roman Emperor Nero and his tutor Seneca, the Stoic philosopher and playwright. Based--at times irresponsibly--on history, The Octavia is a look at character, at education, at empire, at art, at love, and at what it is to speak truth to power.   


This is a process presentation--even less formal than a reading. You will be hearing sections of an unfinished play. It will last about 7 1/2 hours, and there will be a lunch break halfway through. 

There will be no late entry. If you decide to come, please do so with the intention of staying for the duration of the process. Following the presentation, attendees will be encouraged to submit questions for the playwright's consideration.

Seating for this presentation is extremely limited. To learn more or request an invitation click here.

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